asb, I can't comment on the NT's reasons for using the term but its use has valid and legitimate historical antecedents, even within the Church.
Except you're wrong. The use of the "X" as an abbreviation or symbol for "Christ" is of rather ancient origin. "Removing Christ?" I think not. Do some research before flying off the handle and calling for people's heads. Sheesh!
Quite right, asb. The prophet Jeremiah railed against the practice : Jeremiah 10:2-4: "Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not." (King James Version).
Several early Church Fathers spoke out against the practice as being connected to Pagan faiths and not suitable for commemorating the birth of Christ. There are fundamentalist sects of Christianity that reject it to this day for those same reasons.
Sequoia, it's always a pleasure to read your sane, reasoned postings in these fora. I'm one of those in-between types; many of my conservative friends call me liberal, while many of my liberal friends consider me too conservative for comfort.
I miss the Republican party of old. I miss the reasoned, intelligent conservatives that I knew before the movement was hijacked by self-centered ideologues who most definitely do not have this country's best interests in mind.
In a hotbed of right-wing (not truly conservative, but merely right-wing) blathering, I find your words and thoughts refreshing. And I hope the conservative movement gets a clue from folks like you. Otherwise it's doomed. In my opinion that would be a tragedy. We need both sides of the coin to make this country work.
Always a profound joy to hear of someone actually doing what Christ commanded instead of going the whited sepulcher route.
Agreed, Sequoia. These peoples' insane bigotry is nauseating. All these fine, false Christians bearing false witness. Anyone who has ever met this man and his family would realize that calling him a terrorist is shameful and wrong. But these bigots have no shame.
There's a reason that many of the people of Columbia rallied to this man's defense. And it's not because they're "liberal socialists" or whatever the epithet du jour is among the willfully ignorant these days.
I'll continue to travel to Columbia regularly to patronize his store. Quite a few businesses here in Jeff could learn a thing or three about polite, courteous, gracious customer service from these folks frankly.
No, it's not "just plain old ignorance." It is the considered and willful wickedness that is at the heart of so much that is wrong with this country and with the world. We will always have filth such as this, and it will always receive its just reward eventually. Bitter souls with no compassion are like diseases on the body of humanity. But essential humanity always triumphs in the end.
"Pharisee's pracice of teing their clothes, putting dirt on their faces, and wearing huge philactories in order to draw attention to themselvs."
Not metaphorically unlike what many still do today. People who call themselves Christian and who are constantly praying, but wouldn't know the "still, small voice" if it bellowed in their ears. The Pharisees are not gone, merely changed in form, place and practice.
"Many times, the literal use of thes verses is used by Christians to justify hiding their faith because of embarrassment or timidity."
Also, many times the literal use of scripture serves to justify the prejudices of those who call themselves Christian but cannot seem to keep even Christ's simplest commandments.
Libraries are for books and reading, not card games.
Your prejudice and intellectual dishonesty are showing. ;-) Although I'm sure you could give a _ _ .
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